• Science Update
Eating disorders do not discriminate. These serious illnesses may affect you regardless of your gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or size.
While many people are careful about what they eat or concerned about how they look, eating disorders are marked by extremes. Eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating may be signs of an eating disorder. Severe distress or concern about body weight or shape may also indicate an eating disorder.
In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a Twitter chat on eating disorders. Please join us on Friday, February 28, 2014, from 3 to 4 pm ET, with expert Mark Chavez, Ph.D., who is chief of the Eating Disorders Research Program at NIMH. Dr. Chavez will be on hand to discuss the topic and answer your questions. Please use the hashtag #NIMHchats to follow and participate in the Twitter chat.
To ask questions, you must have a Twitter account. If you prefer to simply observe the chat taking place, you may enter #NIMHchats at twubs.com to view the conversation in real-time. An archive of the chat will be posted on NIMH’s website following the event.
For more information, visit "9 Eating Disorders Myths Busted".
If you have any questions, please email NIMHpress@nih.gov. See you on Twitter!